Mulchrone excited for Wasps encounter

Charlie Mulchrone believes this weekend’s Midlands derby with Wasps will be a chance for Warriors to see how far they’ve come this summer as the countdown to the new Aviva Premiership campaign continues.

Warriors have added an array of talent since winning promotion back to the top-flight and the half-back admits Saturday’s game will be the perfect opportunity for the new-look squad to become a team.

He said: “The game will be about trying to get everyone integrated and fine-tune any system changes so when the season starts we can hit the ground running.

“Wasps are a great team to play. They have an excellent back-line and it will be a fantastic game I’m sure.”

Mulchrone was a stand-out performer for Warriors last season but missed the side’s Championship play-off final victory over Bristol through injury.

He made his comeback in this month’s clash with the Barbarians and admits he is pleased to be back in competitive action.

He added: “It was a real low point in my career to miss those last few game of the season but I’m delighted with how it turned out for us.

“I was feeling my lungs by the end of the Baa-Baas game but it’s good to be back on the pitch and get some games under the belt. I’m feeling ready for the season to begin.”

Dean Ryan has an abundance of talent at scrum-half with Mulchrone battling it out with Jonny Arr, Luke Baldwin and JB Bruzulier for the number nine jersey.

And Mulchrone says strong competition for places can only be a positive for the team.

He continued: “We want it to be competitive. Luke’s come in and done well while JB’s doing great with Clermont. That’s the way it needs to be.

“Knowing there is a lot of talent in the squad keeps us on our toes and brings out the best in us.”